Embattled Shalom Chai is Evicted from Grand Street Just Before Shabbos

Posted on: May 26th, 2014 at 5:57 am by
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Looks like the saga of Shalom Chai Pizza on Grand Street is drawing to a close.

The last full service Kosher (dairy) restaurant on the Lower East Side just closed its doors. Forcibly so. Shalom Chai – frequented predominantly by the local religious Jewish population – has been evicted from 359 Grand Street. The Seward Park Co-op, which owns this low-rise strip of retail, served its notice of eviction last Friday. Right before Shabbos.

Shalom Chai experienced a rough couple years there. The Department of Health shut the place down twice in 2013 after inspections revealed numerous health violations (i.e. mice infestation).

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Now with a fresh retail space on its hands, it seems unlikely that Seward Park Co-op will bring in another Kosher spot. We already saw what happened with the old Noah’s Ark deli just down the block. That location will become the Lower East Side outpost of the Comfort Diner.

[h/t @LESNYC]

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